Hakeem Nicks Ruled Out, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistOctober 5, 2012

Sep 16, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) poses for cameras after scoring a second quarter touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

For the third straight week, the New York Giants will have to make do without star wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. Thursday, the team ruled Nicks out for Week 5 due to foot and knee injuries, per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.

There are worst teams to face sans Nicks than the Browns, especially when you consider that Cleveland won't have top corner Joe Haden Sunday. But with Mario Manningham gone and Ramses Barden (concussion) still not cleared to practice, New York's now in a real jam at wide receiver.

There's even a chance Jerrel Jernigan will be the No. 3 wideout Sunday. The only other option might be rookie Rueben Randle, who has struggled thus far. 

Still, never underestimate what the Giants will do in a situation like this one. 

On to what else is being talked about in the NFL's most popular division...


Dallas Cowboys

From Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News: Former Cowboys star Drew Pearson says Dez Bryant isn't living up to expectations.

From Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Brandon Carr isn't panicking


New York Giants

More good stuff from Vacchiano: Jason Pierre-Paul laments the lack of sacks he and his teammates have had one month into the season.

From Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger: Browns running back Trent Richardson thinks he sees room to run against the Giants' defense.


Philadelphia Eagles

From Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News: Jason Peters is running and saying he thinks he can play this season. Maybe he's even doing both at the same time, using, say, a treadmill.

From Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Brandon Boykin is taking the high road after being singled out as someone to pick on by Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown.


Washington Redskins

This story from the Washington Post's Mark Maske indicates it'll be a while before Pierre Garcon is close to fully healthy.

From CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir: Aldrick Robinson is back to full health after that scary and awkward pregame collision with Brandon Meriweather Sunday.